Valentine’s Day was made for people like me.. hopeless romantics that see the world through rose-colored glasses. I love surrounding myself with pretty things, and Valentine’s day is just one big, fat excuse for filling the house with flowers, heart-shaped pillows and and other pretty things. I collect flowers from our farm and dry them for use year round. Here I’ve combined Gay Feather wildflowers with purchased dried lavender. The heart-shaped pillow is actually an antique pin cushion that once belonged to my grandmother. The first order of business when I inherited it was to extract the pins hidden in the middle of the pillow. (Can you say ‘ouch’?) The basket is a vintage sewing basket that I have re-purposed.
Not only do I love flowers and frilly things, but I also love vintage silver. It’s beautiful in shape and patina. Here I displayed a few pieces in an antique cream pitcher with a Valentine Day’s heart pillow I made years ago. I made them for a craft sale, they didn’t sell, and so I kept them. Now I am so happy they didn’t sell, because I love having them.
Valentine’s day also makes me think of sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch, wrapped in a quilt, enjoying all of the walkers go by in my new historic neighborhood. They are very friendly and seem happy to be taking a stroll through such a pretty neighborhood.
When I think of Valentine’s Day I also think of my mother and father-in-law. They were devoted to each other, in a touching way I rarely see any more. Below the silhouette is one of them as a young couple. She had very thick wavy hair as you can see.
This Valentine’s Day I sure hope you slow down long enough to enjoy your loved ones. Have a cup of tea in a pretty cup, take a long soak in lavender scented bath, read an engaging book, enjoy rocking on your front porch. I’ll be thinking of you while I enjoy some special time on my front porch.
I’m joining these other fabulous blogs this week.
Monday, January 27:
The Everyday Home
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Setting for Four
Create and Babble
Tuesday January 28:
White Lace Cottage
So Much Better with Age
Town and Country Living
Top This Top That
Vintage News Junkie
Wednesday January 29:
Confessions of a Plate Addict
Cupcakes and Crinolines
Hymns and Verses
Thursday January 30:
Celebrating Everyday Life
Our Southern Home
A Stroll Thru Life
Sonya ~At Home with The Barkers says
I love all of these little touches of love around your home BUT I especially love the heart shapes pin cushion from your grandmother, beautiful!
What beautiful Valentine’s vignettes! I love your pitcher of pink roses! We used to have wild roses that exact color growing up – so pretty! I love your little fabric hearts too Anita!
Suzy @ Worthing Court says
All of your Valentine touches are so pretty and sweet, Anita! I especially love the pin cushion that belonged to your grandmother. I have a pillow that my grandmother made that means the world to me, so I understand how much you must love this treasure. The fabric hearts are too cute displayed on your mug stand, btw!
You got me thinking about what sweet I can have for Valentine’s Day. : – ))
Christy @ Our Southern Home says
Absolutely lovely, Anita! Love all of the simple Valentine’s Day touches! I actually made little heart pillows over the weekend. 🙂 ~Christy
The Tablescaper says
Wonderful touches. I love how you use the bottle rack!
– Alma, The Tablescaper
Your taste reminds me very much of my daughter, and I’m betting you all have discovered each other. She is LLH Designs.
So pretty, Anita! I love your Valentine’s vignettes!
Everything is just lovely and so beautifully displayed with your exquisite touch, Anita!
Atta Girl Amy says
What a lovely sentiment and lovely post. Like everyone else, I’m in love with those hearts!
Beautiful vignettes for Valentines Day. Love all your fabric hearts. When the new house if finally finished I am going to be on a creative tear!!!
Marty Walden says
As always, amazing photographs and lovely post! Thanks for joining us!
laura@top this top that says
regretfully I don’t have many things from my grandparents that I could treasure and pass down to my kids. this is a beautiful post.
Jill Flory says
How fun! Love all your Valentine touches. I’m getting ready to do some crafting and some photographing some valentines stuff too!
Jeanie @ create&babble says
I love all of the sweet, romantic touches in your home. My favorite has got to be the basket full of dried flowers – it’s beautiful!
This is soo pretty Anita! Sharing on my FB page today 😉
A special treasure from your grandmother. Thanks for sharing the pretty vignettes.
Nana Diana says
What wonderful touches of Valentine’s Day you have there. I really love that silhouette of your mother/father-in-law. What a treasure that you have that. I absolutely loved it when we lived in the historical district. That is the only house I really regret we sold. xo Diana
Jeanette @ Creating a Life says
Lovely words and photos, Anita. So precious to have pretty reminders of your loved ones.
Shirley@Housepitality Designs says
What treasures you have from your family..love the silhouette of your mother and father in law..and the precious pin cushion of your grandmother’s…since I have no items from my grandparents I try and save special things that I think my granddaughter would like…your treasures truly make your heart happy!
Beautiful touches Anita.You are so lucky to have that sweet pillow from your Grandmother,what a treasure!
Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says
Love the purple flowers, Anita!!
Jennifer @ Celebrating Everyday Life says
As you know I just love these photos Anita – and what a sweet story behind the silhouette! I’m off to brew a cup of tea right now so I can sit and savor all this beautiful sentimentality!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful porch!!
Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes says
Beautiful, romantic photos!